Election Results are in!

Dear Guild Members, Balloting for the Local Election of President of the Pacific Media Workers Guild closed at 12 pm pacific on December 10th. The Local Election Committee met at 3 pm that afternoon to count the ballots. As of today, December 20th, the LEC officially certifies the results of …

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Society of Professional Journalists Invite Nominations from Guild Members

The SPJ NorCal Freedom of Information Committee invites Guild member to submit nominations for the James Madison Awards Banquet, honoring individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to advancing freedom of information and/or the First Amendment. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 3. There is no entry fee. Click here for more information …

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Chronicle Shopnotes — what is this strange place, and where’d they move the newsroom?

The Great Newsroom Spring-Cleaning-in-Autumn saw dumpster after dumpster filled to overflowing with the dog-eared contents of dozens of office filing cabinets.  Into the dustbins of history (where they’re keeping the former Metro cars company) went notebooks full of data about the Zodiac, Synanon, Scientology, the Occupy Movement, felonies great and …

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SPJ NorCal calls for Sacramento PD to affirm journalists’ rights

The Society of Professional Journalists released this statement on Wednesday: In March, Sacramento police detained three journalists while they were reporting on a citizens’ protest over the fatal shooting by officers of Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old black man. The detention served no public purpose and could have been avoided …

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Guild members honored for journalistic excellence

The Guild congratulates several of our sisters and brothers who are to receive awards in November for journalistic excellence. Julia Cheever and Daniel Montes of Bay City News Service, and Charles Desmarais and Lauren Hernandez of the San Francisco Chronicle will be honored at the San Francisco Press Club’s Greater …

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2019 Membership Referendum Results

Dear PMWG Local 39521 Members,Thank you to all who voted in the 2019 Guild Membership Referendum.Both provisions of the referendum passed, with the following results: Local Membership voted to make the Local’s lead officer an appointed role, rather than elected. Now the Executive Officer will be appointed by the Local …

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DFM solidarity actions. Show your news!

Tomorrow’s DFM workers solidarity action marks the three-month countdown to contract negotiations in 12 Guild bargaining units nationwide. Join us!

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DFM Caucus begins six-month countdown to contract talks

Alden Global Capital founder Randall Smith recently sold one of his many Palm Beach mansions for $5.5 million, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. The $1.9 million profit on the sale – purchased in a mansion-buying binge that began in 2013, after Alden became majority owner of DFM – would cover an annual raise of more than $3,900 for the 487 Guild-represented employees at 12 DFM newspapers nationwide.

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Hugely profitable DFM refuses to increase workers’ pay

For Alden Global Capital, $160 million in profits is not enough. Management for Digital First Media, speaking for its corporate masters at the New York vulture fund, rejected a modified wage proposal Thursday by the unions that comprise the DFM Caucus during wage negotiations in Philadelphia.

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